MLS approved for 14% of U.S. Soccer presidential vote - sources

MLS approved for 14% of U.S. Soccer presidential vote - sources
From ESPN - January 16, 2018

Major League Soccer's delegates will account for 14 percent of the overall vote in the upcoming election for the president of the U.S. Soccer Federation,sources have told ESPN FC.

In one of two long-awaited decisions made at a meeting on Sunday, the USSF Board of Directors passed a proposal regarding the allocation of delegates within the Professional Council, sources said, a move which will have a direct impact on the Feb. 10 election for U.S. Soccer president.

The proposal -- put forward by MLS, the USL and the NWSL -- sees MLS control nine of the 16 delegates in the Pro Council, which is comprised of representatives from the country's professional leagues.

The USL and NWSL will get three delegates each, with the NASL -- which is currently engaged in an anti-trust lawsuit against the USSF -- getting one delegate.

MLSannounced a month ago that it would support Kathy Carter as the league's preferred candidate. Carter is on leave from her position as president of Soccer United Marketing, the marketing arm of MLS controlled by the owners of MLS clubs.

The Pro Council's votes are weighted to take up around 25.8 percent of the overall vote taken by the USSF National Council, the same as the Youth Council and Adult Council. The Athletes Council will be weighted to account for 20 percent of the vote, while the remaining votes -- approximately 2.6 percent -- will be taken up by national associations and affiliates, board members, life members (up to 12 votes), and two fan representatives.

So the MLS delegation will carry 14.5 percent of the overall vote, with the USL and NWSL accounting for 4.8 percent each, and the NASL making up 1.6 percent.

For that reason, the NASL came out firmly against the proposal. At the previous USSF Board meeting in Toronto in December, interim NASL commissioner Rishi Sehgal felt that the allocation of delegates should be more even.


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